A 19th century spiritual, sung by Dean Phelps & Twana Harris
On this video we share a special quartet of Susan Blosser (soprano), Leah Trigg (alto and music director), Dan Blosser (tenor) and Dean Phelps (bass) from Southport Christian Church, Indianapolis, sharing in the 19th century spiritual, "Down to the River to Pray." This was recorded on January 6, 2013 on the special occasion of the last Sunday morning worship where Dean was able to sing as part of the quartet before moving to Oklahoma in January 2012.
We invite you to listen or sing along with us on this old gospel favorite, written by Albert E. Brumley and recorded by Dean Phelps. We've added photos, scripture and words to Dean's recording from his CD, Going Over Home (1997), especially for our online viewers.
This song is a powerful one that many find comforting and reassuring at the time of the death of a loved one, or as their own death nears. If you have found this song under these circumstances, we offer our sincere prayers for you; we've produced this video as part of our ministry for people during such trying times. We give permission to use this in a worshipful manner, including in a memorial or funeral setting, but it is not for resale.
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We are grateful to pastor and musician Dean Phelps for permission to use his recording here. Find this and more of Dean's work at deanphelpsmusic.com. The CD Going Over Home is out of print, but the songs are available for download on his site.
Thanks for joining us! And may God's healing and uplifting presence be with you this day and for all eternity.
Your friends at DisciplesNet Church
Join us for a time of reflection and prayer as we enter the season of Lent with a short Ash Wednesday Service.
Scripture: Psalm 51, Bob Shaw, Blanche Edwards
Prayer: Amy Grogan
Song: Cleanse Me, Heal Me
Liturgy of Confession: Russ Smith
Cleanse Me, Heal Me
Benediction: Russ Smith
Two of our favorite singers, Twana Harris and Phoebe Spier, came into our studio having never met before and sat down to sing this well-loved Thomas Dorsey song for our DisciplesNet.
Video editing is by youth video intern Joy Torrence, supported by grants from Reconciliation Ministries and the Canfield Memorial Trust of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Indianapolis.